Today is the last article for Topic 6: Relationship with grandparents and we will discuss their rights. Just like parents have rights, grandparents also have rights that must be fulfilled. Many scholars have mentioned that righteousness is obligatory for parents and grandparents.
Grandchildren should take care and serve their grandparents with love, affection and mercy for their grandmother and grandfather, especially in their old age. Grandparents need the presence of the family around them and exchange conversations with kindness and generosity without anger nor sadness. They should not feel alone nor have feelings of emptiness. Grandparents are a blessing and the light of every home and time must be devoted to them.
If a grandchild has lost one or both grandparents, let them give kindness to their graves, give alms in favour of ongoing charity and perform pilgrimage (Hajj/Umrah) for them. If he is unable to do so, then making supplication (dua) asking for forgiveness for their grandparents. This shows the rights of grandparents for Islam is a religion that provides a basis of the family and the establishment of a good society. Grandparents are the chain that holds together the children, siblings, parents, aunties, uncles, cousins and other relations in a close-knit.
Overall, we have come to close with our Chemical Bonding project whose aim is to discuss different types of relationships over the last 6 months. In this short article series, we have covered the relationship with Allah, parents, siblings, spouses and grandparents that have a covalent bonding. There are other relationships, for instance, friends, neighbours and colleagues that are important too in anyone's life. However, happiness is homemade with love. When we go to work, when we go out with friends, when we go to study, we always come back home to our family.
Topic 1: Relationship with Allah (The Most High) which is the most important relationship where we discussed its importance and how to strengthen our relationship with Him. If our relationship with Allah (The Most High) is reconciled; He reconciles everything in life to what He thinks is best because He alone knows the Unseen.
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In Topic 2: Relationship with Father and in Topic 3: Relationship with Mother; we discussed their important roles in developing a good generation with good principles and positive ideas for the sake of an integrated family and society.
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In Topic 4: Relationship with spouses where we discussed the relationship between them based upon values of love, affection, patience, mutual respect, concern and sharing all that matters to build a cohesive home. In Topic 5: Relationship with siblings where there needs to be understanding and strong bonds between siblings and is justified by the parents.
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Now, in our current and last topic: Topic 6 on the relationship with grandparents with grandchildren, we discussed how the experience and advice in life from grandparents exceeds that of parents. Their importance must be preserved because we will also reach a point of old age where spending time with grandchildren is vital. Righteousness and care must be provided in showing the honour of our parents and grandparents. Not only from a moral perspective but also our beautiful religion Islam.
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We hope this journey on the relationship with the Divine and family have reinforced your understanding. As we rise, we will look forward to the renaissance of an advanced society with a bright light rising in the sky with happiness and comfort. These beautiful values refresh and develop our lives for the better with peace and mercy from the Almighty.
Today, we are going to discuss an interesting and beautiful example of the relationship with grandparents. It is the relationship between Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the seal of the prophets with his beloved grandfather Abdul Muttalib (may Allah be pleased with him).
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not meet his father, Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him), as he was still a foetus in the womb of his beloved mother Amnah bint Wahab (may Allah be pleased with her) when he passed away.
He was raised by Halima Al-Saadia (may Allah be pleased with her) who resided in Bani Saad tribe and cared for him. His beloved mother; Amnah (may Allah be pleased with her) wanted to visit Madinah to see the graves of several loved ones: her husband Abdullah and other relatives (may Allah have mercy upon them all). On her way back, she felt unwell passed away in Abwa. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) became lonely and an orphan at the age of six according to most narrations.
After the death of his mother, he lived under the care of his grandfather, Abdul Muttalib (may Allah be pleased with him). Abdul Muttalib also lost his father Hashim at a very young age so, there was a further sentiment in their relationship besides losing his son, Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) too.
This great man looked after the Prophet (peace be upon him) with the best of care and did not eat unless he attended. He did not let anyone enter him whilst he was asleep; he did not leave the house except with him, he let him sit in a place no one else sat and many other examples. This presents the close relationship between them and shows how Abdul Mutallib (may Allah be pleased with him) was very fond and loved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Also, he saw the characteristics of Prophethood in his grandson. Abdul Muttallib (may Allah be pleased with him) used to take Prophet (peace be upon him) seven times around the Kaaba. He was afraid of the enemies and anyone who would cause him harm.
Prophet (peace be upon him) was very upset when he passed away and was left under the care of his uncle, Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him). This presents the love grandparents give to their grandchildren, their tenderness and how they guide them to the right path.
Next week, we will discuss the rights of grandparents and a summary of our project: Chemical bonding of different types of relationships discussed.